Presented here are three samples from my series of portraits of transexuals in Mexico City: people who are transitioning, in a city that is always changing.
The images are a three stage process: starting with conventional photography, I then digitally combine my models with textures I photograph on the streets of Mexico City. I then make a large format print of the resulting image, onto which I paint and collage posters I rip off the walls of the city.
The finished pieces combine both subject (my models) and medium (posters from the city) in a blend of analogue and digital techniques to the point that it is hard to tell where one method ends and the other begins - a blurring of definition that echoes my philosophy on sexual identity: it is the individual, not technical distinctions, that is important.
There are too many rhetorics today about what make us different and I aim to speak to a broad audience - to show people something that hasn't previously been presented to them in a way that they can look at without shame. I work to diminish shock value through technique: combining the familiar with the unfamiliar, revealing what is under the surface of the everyday, to allow those who might otherwise feel uncomfortable with the subject matter to engage with it - ultimately, every piece of art is a mirror, and differences are only useful for those who want them to exist.
From top: 'Nymphalis Milberti' (42 x 67cm); 'No Wonder' (90 x 150cm); and 'Toys - Difficult Second Album' (90cm x 90cm) - (All pictures photography with acrylic and collage)
Matt WIllis-Jones (b.1973) was a pioneer of digital artwork in the 90s before embarking on a career in post-production on several major films and TV series until he realised he was losing his mind, at which point he quit his job to concentrate on his own productions.
Falling between art-film and accessible comedy, his films have played at numerous festivals and won awards around the world. Most notably his anti-animation sci-fi dada epic 'It Doesn't Matter Where You Go - They're All Idiots!' and his album of absurdist office based fables 'Everything is Perfect and There are no Problems'.
Educated in art and film in London and Chicago, Matt returned to London in 2001, working for Passion Pictures and Double Negative until 2005, when he tired of walking around wearing black and thinking he was really cool - and relocated to Norway, which he doesn't recommend.
In 2016 he moved to Mexico City, where he now lives with his wife, and began making portraits of transexuals in the city, which turned out to be much easier than making films and he wishes he'd done it sooner.